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Autoconverting PNGs to sRGB

Tools like PNGOUT blithely strip out color profiles (the iCCP chunk), which arguably makes the tools lossy because it changes the appearance of non-sRGB images in nearly all modern browsers. I've ...
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How do I find the original color version of b&w artwork?

I'm collecting late medieval and early renaissance artwork for a personal online project. In doing that, I've accumulated a number of early-internet black and white images which I know originally ...
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GIMP: How to crop a layer?

I have a screenshot where I want only a part of the pasted image, and I want to turn the white that's in it transparent. First I need to crop the pasted image. I have selected the layer and a ...
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Make a random dispersion of images

I got a lot of unique images, so my goal is distribute all that images randomly and apply randomly scale and rotation transformations. Like these So which is the best way to achieve these ? I use ...
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How to make a picture look like it's torn off?

How do I cut off the boundary of a picture all zig zag like it is in this picture Or in this one I have Paint.NET, a free image editing software. How can I do this in Paint.NET?
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What is the best way to label an image?

I have an image which I would like to label certain areas with some sort of a text label. I'm trying to figure out what the best way is to make the text clear. The image is color, and objects may have ...
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How to remove background with Gimp?

How to remove background from an image with Gimp?
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Quality of .gif output from Photoshop

I'm trying to output a .gif from Photoshop (CS6) and have run into some difficulty with the quality it is producing. Ideally, each image should resemble these stills - 1, 2 and 3 which are crisp and ...
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Working with .psb in a psd

EDIT: A Big update on this topic is presented with PS CC 14.2! Now you can have linked smart objects, it works like in InDesign. Just go to File->Place Linked… and choose your .psb file. This is the ...
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With Photoshop CS5, how do you retain original size of an image dropped as a file into an open document?

If I'm working on a document in Photoshop and I want to drop in an image by dragging the file from Windows explorer into the open Photoshop document, I can do that. It inserts the dropped image in a ...
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Setting object style in InDesign

I'm trying to somehow set InDesign object style for images that I add into text frame directly so they flow along with text when I edit content. My document is of technical nature so it has a single ...
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How to integrate a larger cut-out group of people in a design

Is there a good strategy to integrate a larger cut-out group of people (e.g. orchestra, band, conferences, team, etc.) in a print designs (cover page, poster)? Many designs use images that keep the ...
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Is it easy to convert an image to a cartoon with high quality?

Is it easy to convert an image to a cartoon with high quality ? Like this: I've watched this tutorial : but the quality of the outcome is still far away from the one above. Is there a way to ...
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What is this two color photo effect called and how to make it?

I like the effect on the images used on this Spotify page, and out of curiosity I'm trying to replicate it in Illustrator. It's not a simple multiply mask, and seems a more involved than the kind of ...
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Fluid Images: How to set width and height?

I'm trying to build a fluid layout, for which I am styling big images with: .fluid_img { height: auto; width: auto; max-width: 100%; } This works fine, the problem is that I can no longer use ...
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How can I crop images so as to change their aspect ratio?

For header images on a site I'm working on we are using 1280x480 px images. The images I have been given are not 1280x480 px, so I need to crop them, but I can't just crop them any which way - I need ...
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Save for web feature in Photoshop for image size reduction

Save for web feature in Photoshop for image size reduction, would this be the simplest way for a beginner (like myself) to try and save on (some) loading time without losing too much quality. I am ...
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Moving a part of an image with GIMP?

This is the original image and I want to move the text to the right of the image: But I failed, I tried to resize the canvas but then when I move the text the layer gets invisible when put on the ...
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photoshop - cut and move part of a shape layer

In photoshop, i have a "speech bubble" of sorts. I need to be able to move the little triangle bit of the bubble left, right, and to the side. Then "rejoin" it with the rectangle, and apply all the ...
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How to find a texture for a background image for website? [closed]

I am looking for a texture pattern for an image that is similar to the one Path.com uses: https://www.path.com/images/about/bg.gif I want a similar image pattern so i can use it as a background ...
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How to retrieve an image which is gone yet still present in the document?

In my document I used images which are now gone (files were deleted) but yet they are still in my document. When packaging the document, InDesign says links are missing though. I don't understand ...
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Better image compression by combining images?

What is the name of the technique where many small images are copied into one large image to get better compression and avoid loading many separate images int memory? And is this still useful in ...
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Desktop wallpaper idea that's at the same time visual interesting and bland

I'm an IT guy rather than an artist of any kind. I work at a small college, and we're deploying new PCs to our classrooms. As part of this, I want to build a desktop wallpaper to include with the ...
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Creating a curved image/photo wall/montage using the Linux commandline

This question is a crosspost from Stack Overflow because of its predominantly graphical nature and the fact that I think that a primarily graphically oriented community may [be able to] provide advice ...
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“Select by color” and “draw path from selection” in Inkscape?

I imported an image to Inkscape. Now I'd like to select all those regions that have the same (or to a certain degree similar) color. From this selection I'd like to draw a path (to which I can add a ...
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Attaching/Printing an image onto metal

I have a 507mm x 510.5mm metal sheet that I want to put a design onto. The design is rather complicated and I have no talent so painting is not an option. I'm looking for something similar to what ...
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How can I modify a GIF that uses “cumulative layers”?

When you save a GIF in GIMP, you're given the option to use cumulative layers (combine) or one frame per layer (replace). Choosing cumulative layers causes the GIF's layers to only contain the pixels ...
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How to preview image in monitor

I found this nice looking image: I have a simple php web site that I also would like to preview in monitor. Is there any tool or wen site that can auto generate this image?
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Indesign CS6 - Anchoring an image large two full page in the text

I'm trying to use the anchor point of an image, that is large two entire pages, to anchor it at the text that it is in the precedent pages, like in this image. The problem is that when I try to do ...
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Would these be considered “commercial use”?

From the Creative Commons website: A commercial use is one primarily intended for commercial advantage or monetary compensation. Would it be considered commercial use if an image was used in a ...
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How to batch update multiple image links in InDesign CS5 or CS6?

I am using Adobe InDesign CS5.5 and / or CS6 (depending on if this feature can be found in one or the other program). Does anyone know if there is a way to batch update multiple image links in ...
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Best way to make a lighter version of an texture without losing quality?

Levels, curves, brighten/contrast, exposure, something else? I tried levels and brightness/contrast, but they don't appear to be working well and make it too contrasting and different from the ...
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Resizing ALL images on ALL pages in Indesign Document

i'm looking for an easy way to resize roughly 40 pages of barcode PNGs in indesign. If i can cut off approximately 50-60% of each barcode....well, you can see how many pages i would save at the ...
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What technique is used to create these image based icons?

I just saw a mailbox zero inbox icon and thought it was cool! I am wondering: what is the technique to create this artwork? Mask with an image? I am looking for a keyword to google it. Example:
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Digital pen with realtime viewing

I've looked for this online forever but can't seem to find it. Is there a digital pen that doesn't need special paper, uses easy to replace cartridges, and let's me see what I'm writing on a screen ...
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Reduce the size of an image (200*150 to 20 *15)

I want to reduce the size of an image from 200*150 to 20*15. But when I do that in Photoshop, the image looks blurred. Is there any way we can reduce the size without this happening? Do i have do ...
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Different dominant color codes are extracted from same image

I try to extract the dominant color from a image by using 3 different tools, i.e.: Tineye Labs Color Theif: http://lokeshdhakar.com/projects/color-thief/ Vibrant.js: ...
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What is the best way to place three square figures on one page?

Two or four figures (images) on one page is fine, but I find it really difficult to design a Letter-sized or A4-sized page with three figures, especially when all three figures have square aspect ...
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Warped distortion effect

What's the best way to achieve an effect like this cover? I was thinking to basically start with random grayscale rectangles, a layer of thinner rectangles set to multiply, and then somehow warp it? ...
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Why link a portfolio site to external services?

In regards to external services (Dribbble, Behance, and Deviant) what is the purpose of having a portfolio website but you link all your images externally and take a viewer away from the main site and ...
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How can I improve the clarity of my output animation in Flash CS6?

I am using Flash CS6 ActionScript 3.0. I am creating an animation with 3-4 images of registration form. The clarity of images is poor in the output of animation even though I am using really clear and ...
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Common ground for image sizes when using Photoshop save to web

Recently, I was working on an image in Photoshop and wanted to save it for web usage. I wanted to know whether there is a good size to go with for the modern design standards when it comes to ...
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How to batch resize a group of images by area?

I know how to run a batch resize based on fixed width, height, or percentage... but what if I have a number of photos of all different sizes and shapes and I want them to be roughly the same size ...
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Is there a way to split an image without changing its final size?

I want to split an image to an n number of images, each new generated one must has the same size of the original image with a black background for the rest of the image, look at the example I ...
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Should I link to or rasterize the large amount of artwork I'm using for my catalogue project in InDesign?

I am trying to figure out what I should be doing for a 94+ page catalogue. I have been researching and from what I've read understand that linking files is the best practice for putting complex ...
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Optimizing hero/intro photos on mobile and XXL displays

I have a few questions regarding trendy super-large photo headers. I've seen them called "hero" images, but just so we're clear, I'm talking about designs like this one: A large photo is used as a ...
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Does resizing a photo in paint remove exif data?

I have some images and I want to strip the EXIF data for privacy reasons before I put them up on the website. Is it enough to simply resize them in windows paint? I'm using Windows XP X64.
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What Photoshop CS5 Book Describes Making Images From Scratch?

Can someone direct me to a photoshop cs5 book that details the image making process from beginning to end ie showing how to make an image from scratch, best techniques etc Please share why you think ...
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put partly transpared photo on top of panorama

What is it nessesary to do if I want to see just black edges from background image in image placed on top? Here are links to source images This is what I want to create: You can see there are ...
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Opening multiple files as layers in a single image in Elements?

In Elements (I'm using version 9 for Mac), is there a single operation that will let me open a bunch of files as one image, with each file as a layer in that image? If I were using GIMP, for example, ...